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MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Defends Handling of Crimes Against Rohingya Muslims

MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Defends Handling of Crimes Against Rohingya Muslims

“We condemn all human rights violations and unlawful violence. We are committed to the restoration of peace and stability and rule of law throughout the state,” Aung San Suu Kyi added, without putting forth any concrete solutions to stop ethnic killings.

Suu Kyi has faced harsh international criticism amid several reports about systematic attacks by the Myanmar military and majority Buddhists against the persecuted Muslim community.

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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Prince Mohammed bin Salman Cementing His Grip on Power

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Prince Mohammed bin Salman Cementing His Grip on Power

“I can’t say when the formal ascension of Mohammed bin Salman might happen, but the real transfer of power has already happened — he is effectively ruling Saudi Arabia,” Perry Cammack, a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told AFP.

“With the (older) generation having now left the scene and his main younger rivals having been removed, Mohammed is primed to enjoy a dominance over Saudi Arabia unseen since the rule of Abdulaziz, who founded the modern Saudi kingdom in the 1930s.”

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USA POLITICS: Trump Ingratiate Himself With Deep State By Making Compromises: Analyst

USA POLITICS: Trump Ingratiate Himself With Deep State By Making Compromises: Analyst

The term Deep State, or derin devlet in Turkish, originated in 1950s Turkey and refers to a secretive network of influential members of government agencies or the military operating outside the democratic system.

Former US Congressman Ron Paul said in a recent interview that Trump has been consistent in his animosity toward Iran and especially the Iran deal.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Says Seeking Military ‘Equilibrium’ With United States

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Kim Jong Un Says Seeking Military ‘Equilibrium’ With United States

“Our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the U.S. and make the U.S. rulers dare not talk about military option,” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was quoted as saying by the state news agency, KCNA.

Kim Jong Un was shown beaming as he watched the missile fly from a moving launcher in photos released by the agency, surrounded by several officials.

“The combat efficiency and reliability of Hwasong-12 were thoroughly verified,” said Kim Jong Un as quoted by KCNA. Kim added the North’s goal of completing its nuclear force had “nearly reached the terminal”.

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USA POLITICS: Pastors Stand Shoulder to Shoulder With Trump Despite Evangelical Base Weakens

USA POLITICS: Pastors Stand Shoulder to Shoulder With Trump Despite Evangelical Base Weakens

Trump, who describes himself as Presbyterian, was not known to be an avid churchgoer before becoming president and critics have said his blunders on basic biblical knowledge, harsh attacks on political adversaries, and his demeaning comments about women clash with Christian principles.

“He, himself, doesn’t have the most sterling track record in terms of either church attendance or professed or displayed knowledge of scripture,” Gary Scott Smith, a historian and author of “Religion in the Oval Office: The Religious Lives of American Presidents,” said of Trump.

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: ‘Zuma Took Me to His Bedroom’: New Book Reveals

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: ‘Zuma Took Me to His Bedroom’: New Book Reveals

Prominent broadcaster Redi Tlhabi writes that Zuma then asked the journalist to accompany him to another room as he had something to show her. She did not think much of the invitation.

“She followed him, he opened the door to a room and she stepped inside. It was his bedroom. Before she realised what all this meant, he had his arms around her, pressing himself against her body, and he planted a long, determined kiss on her lips.

“Her back to the door, she froze for a moment as his tongue invaded her mouth.”

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IRAQ POLITICS: Kurdistan Independence Will Breakup Iraq: Analyst

IRAQ POLITICS: Kurdistan Independence Will Breakup Iraq: Analyst

“Independence means that we will enter into a conflict which actually Barzani is pushing for. He moved his tanks and he moved a number of his special troops into Kirkuk and adjacent areas. So it seems that he understands that it is too late for him to use the referendum as a blackmail against the Iraqi government for more political gains. Now he is trying to use the status quo or the matter of fact that he is trying to occupy certain areas which are outside the control of KRG (the Kurdistan Regional Government) and hence leading to an armed conflict,” Sa’ad al-Muttalibi, member of the State of Law Coalition said.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Defiant Pyongyang Vows ‘Practical Equilibrium With US’

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Defiant Pyongyang Vows ‘Practical Equilibrium With US’

In its first official reaction to the sanctions resolution adopted by the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that the sanctions would only strengthen the country’s resolve to pursue its nuclear weapons program “at a faster pace without the slightest diversion.”

North Korea remained defiant saying it would “redouble the efforts to increase its strength to safeguard the country’s sovereignty and right to existence” and establish “practical equilibrium with the U.S.”

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: The North Korean Nuclear ‘Crisis’ is an Illusion

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: The North Korean Nuclear ‘Crisis’ is an Illusion

North Korea is a tiny, impoverished country that would be instantly vaporized if it ever launched a serious attack on the United States, and so the probability of such an attack is vanishingly small. Absent a media environment that encourages a perception of crisis, the likelihood of an American preemptive attack is equally small.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Myanmar Violence a ‘Textbook’ Example of Ethnic Cleansing: UN

MYANMAR POLITICS: Myanmar Violence a ‘Textbook’ Example of Ethnic Cleansing: UN

“We have received multiple reports and satellite imagery of security forces and local militia burning Rohingya villages, and consistent accounts of extrajudicial killings, including shooting fleeing civilians,” Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein’s comments to the United Nations Human Rights Council said.

“I call on the government to end its current cruel military operation, with accountability for all violations that have occurred, and to reverse the pattern of severe and widespread discrimination against the Rohingya population,” he added.

“The situation seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”

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MALAYSIA POLITICS: Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar Face Systematic Atrocities: Najib Razak Malaysian PM

MALAYSIA POLITICS: Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar Face Systematic Atrocities: Najib Razak Malaysian PM

“Actually, it is done in a planned manner so that they are tortured, discriminated, killed and raped,” Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said.

The UN has already described Rohingya Muslims as the “most persecuted minority group in the world.”

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USA POLITICS: DACA in Jeopardy

USA POLITICS: DACA in Jeopardy

President Trump said his agencies would only target DACA recipients who commit crimes.

“Our enforcement priorities remain unchanged. We are focused on criminals, security threats, recent border crossers, visa overstays and repeat violators,” Trump said in a statement. “I have advised the Department of Homeland Security that DACA recipients are not enforcement priorities unless they are criminals, are involved in criminal activity or are members of a gang.”

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SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Most South Koreans Don’t Expect War With North: Poll Shows

SOUTH KOREA POLITICS: Most South Koreans Don’t Expect War With North: Poll Shows

The survey found that 58 percent of those questioned felt there was no possibility North Korea would cause a war, while only 37 percent thought it could. In 2007, 51 percent of respondents said they expected a war, while 45 percent did not.

Trump has repeatedly said all options are on the table in dealing with North Korea and on Thursday said he would prefer not to use military action, but if he did, it would be a “very sad day” for North Korea.

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INDIA POLITICS: Modi Re-Allocated Portfolios to His Council of Ministers

INDIA POLITICS: Modi Re-Allocated Portfolios to His Council of Ministers

“I congratulate all those who have taken oath today. Their experience and wisdom will add immense value to the council of ministers,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said before leaving for China to attend a summit of the BRICS group of countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Nirmala Sitharaman, who was promoted from being a junior trade minister, becomes the first female defence minister since Indira Gandhi was in charge of the department when she was prime minister 35 years ago.

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USA POLITICS: Why Does Trump Think We Need More Military Spending?

USA POLITICS: Why Does Trump Think We Need More Military Spending?

Trump feels we need to re-invest in nuclear weapons, while at the same time insisting he wants to be the first president to reside in an age where no country has them. That’s an entirely farcical statement for a leader with a guaranteed four-year term to make, both because it’s not enough time for the world to disarm, and because adding to our nuclear arsenal only provokes other nuclear powers.

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NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Two-Stage Hydrogen Bomb Possible ‘Game Changer’ for North Korea

NORTH KOREA POLITICS: Two-Stage Hydrogen Bomb Possible ‘Game Changer’ for North Korea

“That scale is to the level where anyone can say (it is) a hydrogen bomb test,” said Kune Y. Suh, a nuclear engineering professor at Seoul National University.

“North Korea has effectively established itself as a nuclear state. This is not just a game changer, it’s a game over,” Suh said.

Lassina Zerbo, executive secretary of nuclear test ban watchdog CTBTO, said: “The physics of the event that we’re talking about today seems to indicate a much larger event than the one from 2016 and before.”

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USA POLITICS: In North Carolina County, Strong Support for Confederate Statue

USA POLITICS: In North Carolina County, Strong Support for Confederate Statue

Colonel Jacob A. Long, a Confederate veteran who founded the county’s branch of the Ku Klux Klan in 1868, spoke at the statue’s May 1914 dedication. He invoked white privilege in his remarks, saying it was important to remember the achievements “of our own race and blood.”

“The Alamance County statue appears to be fairly archetypal,” said Charles Irons, a history professor at Elon University. “To pretend that this monument erected by private, white-only dollars actually represented the sentiments of all citizens of the county is self evidently not true.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Western Australia Becoming Independent State Within Commonwealth?

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Western Australia Becoming Independent State Within Commonwealth?

Liberal Party life member Rick Palmer, who is leading the push, said the issue was on the conference agenda because of a belief that WA was being badly treated by Canberra and other states.

“My view is the federation is not working the way it is supposed to,” Rick Palmer said.

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UK POLITICS: Brits Want US to Have War With Russia to Get Rid of Trump: Analyst

UK POLITICS: Brits Want US to Have War With Russia to Get Rid of Trump: Analyst

“It’s insane and it is part of the general effort by the British and their assets both in the Republican and Democratic Parties to get rid of Trump, precisely because Trump refuses to continue this insane confrontation with Russia and China,” Mike Billington, an editor with the Executive Intelligence Review said.

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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: ‘Saudi War on Yemen Absolute Policy Failure’

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: ‘Saudi War on Yemen Absolute Policy Failure’

“Most people in the United States and in the West believe that as Yemen becomes more and more destabilized, if the Houthi rebels are successful in taking over more and more of the country, once they have consolidated their gains, consolidated their power, then they would turn their power northward towards Saudi Arabia in terms of destabilizing that country. That is something that the United States and most of the West view as completely unacceptable,” the analyst said.

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